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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District SECOND SECTION A Despite federal The Lethbridge Herald Local news July 1974 Pages 17-32 Unsafe teething items still stocked here By KATHY MacLEAN Herald Staff Writer Despite notices prohibiting the adver- sale and importation of baby pacifiers and teething rings which do not comply with government health some Lethbndge stores still had them on the shelves Friday While some soothers and pacifiers contain a filling containing harmful micro- organisms others may harm a baby by obstructing breathing or otherwise causing physical injury In telephone interviews with several major store managers in the The Herald learn- ed that some of the hazardous mode's had been taken off the shelves by mid-day and that anv remaining would be removed im- mediatelv Store manager of John Loewen said he received word about the pacifiers early this week from head office but the teething rings were not removed until Fri- day afternoon after talking with The Herald Woolco manager and the general manager of Woolworths both said the hazardous models weie taken off sale at noon while Zeller s manager had removed most of the models a few weeks ago Bui it seems that many lists issued to the stores are not up to date One model remain- ed at Zellers but was removed alter the store was notified by The Herald Some local pharmacies have still not received official word on the removal of the baby products Departmental inspectors have been seizing those pacifiers found on retail shelves which have been identified as failing to comply with dimensional and mechanical requirements of the regulations In a news Herb minister of consumer and corporate recommends that stores should remove im- mediately from their shelves the products named in this article Teething rings already purchased may be sterilized by boiling them for 10 to 15 Mr Gray said In the event that the plastic teething ring doesn't withstand the boiling he urged that such teething rings be thrown out and not used anymore Mr Gray stresses that parents should do their part in ensuring that pacifiers no matter how safe their are not a source of injury through the manner in which they are used Chains and long cords should not be used for hanging pacifiers about children's necks If a cord is used it should be fixed to the child s clothing and the length should be no greater than that required to permit comfor- table mouthing of the pacifier Parents are also urged to test pacifiers regularly by stretching the pacifier nipple to ensure that it has not deteriorated through use to a point where it might separate into parts which could become lodged in the baby's throat Fluid-filled teething rings found to be con- taminated with micro-organisms contrary to the regulations under the Hazardous Products Act are Bedford Industries Ltd models 3331 and Chantex Inc model and models manufactured by Changex Inc Drug Distributing and Norman Vancouver Pacifiers which failed to meet physical re- quirements of the Hazardous Products Act are Algy Gale Baby models and Baby Brand no model Baby World Orthodontic model Bedford Industries Nuk Orthodontic three-piece set Ora Orthodontic Soothers 3318 Chantex Baby King Chl32L and Chl49 E P Chester Angel Wear three- piece set Questor Evenflo Realmont Babj Soother Rigo Pretty Baoy Grip Honey Tip and Chico Anatomic Soother Some teethers unsafe Betty Kyler and nine-month Nathan shopped yesterday for a water- filled teething toy at a Lethbridge depart- ment store. Among the displays were three types deemed unsafe or unsanitary by federal health inspectors. Other unsafe and banned teething rings and pacifiers were being sold in other stores. A complete list of the illegal types is in the story. At Nathan tried one of those which may con- tain harmful bacteria. It was taken from him before he punctured it. Cubs tougher than game officials discover By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The bear that mauled two youths July 14 was moved to a new zoo near Banff National Park Friday after being tranquilized and held captive in a live bear trap during a 12- hour climax to an 11-day hunt at Beauvais Lake Provincial Park photos page Fish and Wildlife officers uttered goodness its all as the Banff Zoological Gardens vehicle left the park with the cubs on board in a cage and the 250- pound mother bear being tow- ed behind in a bear trap The bear and her cubs were placed in large pens Friday evening at the near the Banff National Park eastern border on the Trans- Canada Highway to which is being developed for an opening date next summer The bears were spotted by park campers about 3 30 a m treed by park officials shortly after and held in the tree until the sow could be tranquilized and placed in a barrel-type bear trap about 9 a m Wildlife officials soon found the capture of the mother bear was a minor task compared to the difficulty they en- countered when attempting to place her pesky little cubs in captivity Not wanting to take a chance on harming the cubs by tranquihzing the of- ficials attempted to en- courage the cubs to come down from their respective trees Since shaking the tree prov- ed Beauvais Lake wildlife officer Steve Myers climbed it in an attempt to snare one of the cubs by the leg the snarling little character had no intentions of giving up easily and after a few sudden moves Mr Myers found himself a few feet above the cub with claw marks on his hand From his vantage point Mr Myers gradually forced the cub 50 feet down the tree into a tarp held by park employees Before both cubs were cap- tured Al park manager had received a bite on his hand and some of the park and wildlife personnel were physically exhausted Today signs on the nature trails warning campers of the bear are to be taken down However park officials report many campers con tinued to use the trails despite the signs and reports of the bear s vicious act Cam Goebel 16 of Spruce Grove and 17-year-old Lee Brown of Red Deer are two voung people who will likely respect any warnings of bear in the future after the terrify- ing experience with the bear Juh 14 when thev met her and her two cubs on a nature trail Both youths have been released from Pincner Creek hospital after being treated tor wounds inflicted bv the bear Cam received about 180 stitches to close wounds on his head back and legs while Lee required several stitches to close wounds on his legs The 11-day hunt included live bear traps a ground search by wildlife officers and an air search by aircraft and helicopter Bear danger scanty despite some attacks By MIKE HARROP Assistant City Editor The danger of being attacked by a bear in the Alberta bush is despite the experience of two youths who were mauled July 14 on a nature trail near Beauvais according to the regional wildlife biologist at Lethbridge Bear even from mothers defending their are extremely asserts Morley Banett of the Alberta fish and wildlife division of the department of lands and forests The 250-pound sow bear and the youths apparently abruptly came face to face on the and the bear attacked in the July 14 incident wondered why she Mr Barrett noting that even when encountered at close most black bears choose to run instead of fight Typical behavior is for the sow black bear to send her cubs up a tree where they are relatively growl and threaten the and then melt into the he said Grizzlies are much more but he estimated that only 20 to 25 of the king bears live in Southern including Waterton Lakes National Park think she was just buying some time for the he said of the sow captured Friday by officials the thousands of confrontations between man and bears annually in the Canadian only a tiny percentage result in the bear attacking the he said Most bear attacks fall into a and outdoorsmen who keep their wits about them should never have trouble with he said Bear mauhngs usually occur under one of three sets of all of which MORLEY BARRETT may be he said hikers or fishermen endanger themselves by approaching a bear too closely before the bear becomes aware of their presence Even grizzlies will move away from an area in which they know men are present the camper who talks even to himself is likely to warn bears of his approach and see nothing but Mr Barrett said Some hikers put bells on their feet in grizzly country hunters or hikers sometimes stumble across a grizzly on a kill or on the site of a hunter's kill and the grizzly attacks to defend the food sows defending cubs account for three- quarters of all maulmgs The important point is that bears seldom attack human beings for with the notable exception of two cases where young menstruating women were killed and partially eaten by grizzlies in separate incidents in Glacier National about 100 miles southwest of Lethbndge Because the bear is seldom seeking food anyone attdcked may be able to lessen the seventy of the attack by playing dead The bear will likely assume the threat to its food or to itself has been cancelled and will leave probably be very difficult until you pass Mr Barrett observed kicking yelling man isn't going to do the bear any but he may increase the intensity of the attack The frequency of bear confrontations is increased by campers who leave food on picnic tables or who fry then poui the grease on the ground The grease or rotting food attracts bears as do few other substances An illegal trick of poachers is to use bacon as a lure to draw bears into a blind then gun them down from the biologist said Campers sometimes do the same thing through ignorance then must cope with a bear in he said Dogs are famous for teasing a bear into attacking then rushing for camp with the bruin in hot pursuit he said Campers might give some thought to controlling their dogs in the woods for that reason In one a camper's dog picked a fight with a then rushed for a nearby car He had to run past his master on the way to the haven But fortunately so did the intent on the dog It pays to avoid areas where grizzlies or troublesome black bears are known to hang out ask people who live nearby if there are problem bears in a given area before taking the backpacking he advised Black bears are scattered throughout the but grizzlies are becoming so few that biologists are beginning to fear for their survival as a he said First reading scheduled for city power plant sale A bylaw authorizing the sale of the city power plant to Calgary Power and the purchase of all power from Calgary Power is up for first reading at city council's meeting Monday The bylaw is subject to prior approval of the Public Utilities Board. Draft copies of agreements are provided by Calgary Power for the sale of the plant equip- ment at the supply of and the lease of the plant itself are included with the bylaw A report on progress on the agreements is expected to be made by Deputy Mayor chairman of the city's power supply study committee Director of Consumer Services E W the company will pay the city the as agreed on Aug as well as the first month's under the lease agreement The funds would be repayable with interest at prime bank rates if the necessary approvals from the utilities and the Energy Resources Conservation Board are not Mr Smith says in his letter According to the lease Calgary Power would pay the city a yearly of from Aug 1974 to May 1981 The company have the right to terminate the lease anytime after June 1976 with one month's notice The rental is based on annual property tax- ;